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State Supreme Court Settles Natural Gas Rights Question

April 26, 2013

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has reinforced longstanding case law on mineral rights that has affected the natural gas industry.

The high court ruled Wednesday in favor of a Susquehanna County couple, saying it stands by a 130 year-old ruling which separates gas rights from mineral rights.

The case stemmed from a dispute between landowners John and Mary Butler and the heirs to a man named Charles Powers.

The deed for 244 acres of land owned by the Butlers splits mineral and petroleum oils rights between the parties.  The Butlers have contended it did not include natural gas rights, so they should still control the natural gas on their property.

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